Beloved pediatrician and great leader of Cincinnati Children’s, William Kuenneth Schubert, MD, passed away in February at age 85. His leadership, brilliance, integrity, compassion and sense of humor are greatly missed.
Dr. Schubert was a gentle physician, a wise mentor and a pioneer. He was quiet and unassuming, but he always listened with thoughtful consideration and asked the important questions. His work as a physician, researcher and advocate for children made him revered and beloved by all who knew him.
Dr. Schubert held nearly every major leadership position at Cincinnati Children’s, including chief of staff, director of the pediatric residency program, chairman of pediatrics, and from 1983 to 1996, president and CEO. After he retired, he continued to serve on the board of trustees.
Among his many contributions to the hospital, Dr. Schubert established the Division of Gastroenterology in 1968, the second pediatric gastroenterology division in the United States. Under his leadership, a new research building and patient care tower, and the medical center’s first neighborhood location were completed. His emphasis on research attracted scientific experts who produced significant advances in endocrinology, infectious diseases, critical care, cardiology and genetics.
Says John Hutton, MD, vice president and director, Biomedical Informatics, “During Dr. Schubert’s tenure, Cincinnati Children’s really made the transition that led to it becoming the great institution it is today.”
In addition to his medical leadership, Dr. Schubert was a champion for families in need and a generous donor to the medical center for more than 35 years. He was a longtime supporter of the Charitable Care Fund, which benefits families who are unable to pay for medical expenses. He also supported the work of other physicians. And he and his wife, Mary, have included Cincinnati Children’s in their estate plans to provide vital resources for the medical center for years to come.
Dr. Schubert is remembered not only for his legacy as a caring physician, but also for his generosity and compassion.